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Mobile Ed: BI171 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Why Do Christians Disagree about End Times?
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Mobile Ed: BI171 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Why Do Christians Disagree about End Times?

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Overview

Why do Christians disagree over interpretations of the end times? If you have ever wondered this, or if you are struggling to understand a fellow Christian’s point-of-view, this course will give you the insight you desire. Scripture addressing the end times include a number of difficult passages, which Dr. Heiser unpacks with faithfulness and wisdom. He guides you through assumptions inherent in various interpretations of end-times events and introduces you to several options for interpreting each passage. Dr. Heiser focuses on the importance of being able to understand various points of view and gives you tools to support why you believe what you believe.

Learn more about biblical interpretation with Michael Heiser’s earlier course, Mobile Ed: BI161 Problems in Bible Interpretation: Difficult Passages I.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Discuss how God’s promises to Abraham affect our interpretation of the end times
  • Summarize the nature of the kingdom of God
  • Discuss passages which give rise to a belief in the “rapture”
  • Explain the intricate relationship between Israel and the Church
  • Describe the crucial assumptions involved in interpreting Daniel 9
  • Explain the various interpretations of the “70 weeks” in Daniel 9
  • Discuss interpretive options concerning the return of Christ and the salvation of Israel
  • Give examples of both literal and nonliteral fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy
  • Describe interpretive options for reading biblical prophecy

Course Outline

Unit 1: Understanding the Kingdom of God

  • Why Do Christians Disagree About End Times?
  • The Nature of the Kingdom of God
  • Introducing the Abrahamic Covenant
  • Conditional or Unconditional Promises
  • The Nature of Salvation for Jews and Gentiles
  • Discussing the Boundaries of the Promised Land
  • The Present or Future Kingdom of God
  • Summarizing the Nature of the Kingdom of God

Unit 2: Rapture or Not?

  • Interpreting the Concept of a “Rapture”
  • End Times Events: The Hermeneutics of Harmonization
  • Distinguishing Between Israel and the Church
  • The Timing of Jesus’s Return
  • Does Scripture Teach a Rapture?

Unit 3: The 70th Week of Daniel

  • Daniel 9 and Premillennialism
  • Reconstructing End Times Chronology
  • Is Jesus “the Anointed One” in Daniel 9?
  • Two Assumptions in Daniel 9
  • Understanding the “Anointed One”
  • Summarizing the 70th Week Issues

Unit 4: Has the Church Replaced Israel?

  • The Church and Israel: End Times Prophecy
  • Who Are the People of God?
  • The Abrahamic Covenant and the Salvation of Israel
  • The Salvation of Israel and the Second Coming
  • Summarizing the Discussion

Unit 5: Literal vs. Nonliteral Interpretation

  • Considering the Interpretation of Prophecy
  • Example of Non-Literal Interpretation
  • A Christological Interpretation of Amos 9
  • Summarizing the Discussion

Product Details

  • Title: Mobile Ed: BI171 Problems in Biblical Interpretation: Why Do Christians Disagree about End Times?
  • Instructor: Michael Heiser
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 4

About the Instructor

Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a Scholar-in-Residence for Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software. His varied academic background enables him to operate in the realm of critical scholarship and the wider Christian community. His experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and writing for the layperson contributes to Logos’ goal of adapting scholarly tools for non-specialists.

Dr. Heiser earned his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages and holds an MA in ancient history and Hebrew studies. He is the coeditor of Old Testament Greek Pseudepigrapha with Morphology and Semitic Inscriptions: Analyzed Texts and English Translations and can do translation work in roughly a dozen ancient languages, including biblical Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Ugaritic cuneiform. He also specializes in Israelite religion (especially Israel’s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, Jewish binitarianism, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple period Jewish literature. In addition, he was named the 2007 Pacific Northwest Regional Scholar by the Society of Biblical Literature.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.